I have to admit, a few times over the past two months or so, I've been tempted to throw my Windows Mobile phone out the car window. It was locking up on my with increasing frequency. I was to the point where I had to soft reset at least once a day, and I was lucky to make it through the day w/out it locking up on me. The worst part about it locking up, is you have no idea the phone is dead until you go to use it. I was also lucky to get through the day without the battery draining on me. It really was all very frustrating.
I finally decided I'd try to do a hard reset on my phone to see if that would improve things. I figured if it still acted the same way, it had to be a hardware problem. I knew I had installed and removed a lot of software after getting my phone—while in the pursuit of getting the phone to work the way I needed it to. Having read various Windows Mobile forums, I also learned that I had done several things that could cause lockups. So I was really hoping the hard reset would fix things.
So, almost 2 weeks ago, I spent the day doing a hard reset and then getting my phone back to working order. I am happy to say that my phone is working better than ever.
I've gone from often not being able to make it through the day w/out needing to recharge my battery, to still having 80% battery power left at the end of the day. I've even been able to make it multiple days without a re-charge!
My phone is running much faster as well. The phone had become really sluggish the last few months, but the phone now seems zipper than when I first got it. I also haven't had it lock up on me once in the 2 weeks--which is a record. I've done one soft reset, but I probably didn't even need to do it. I was just in such a habit of having to do a soft reset once a day, I woke up and did it out of habit one morning.
So I wanted to share some tips that I've learned from using Windows Mobile v5 for the past 6 months. These tips are pretty common knowledge, but some of the I was unaware of when I got my phone—which is probably what lead me to problems:
To fix button 5 in Microsoft's Voice Commander, the following fix works great:
Use a registry editor to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\OEM\VoiceCommand and create a new string value called "Path" (no quotes). For the data, leave it blank (or insert a valid path to an .exe file on your system if you want that .exe to run when you press the BT headset button). Then close your registry app, power off your device and then soft reset with the stylus (or whatever method you use to soft reset). The soft reset is crucial. After it comes back up, try to assign your button 5 to something (I suggest voice command!) and see if it works. You should also be able to assign button 5 (press and hold) to something else and it will work too. You will know if you made an error in the path if button 5 still brings up notes despite being set to another program in button settings.
This is just a complilation of things that made WM5 much more usable for me. Hopefully I won't have any more problems with my phone now that I've stablized the software and understand the ins and outs of Windows Mobile 5 a little better.